Make Montana Your Vacation Destination
Montana has much to offer as a vacation destination.
Western Montana is home to many breathtaking
spaces and some of the most memorable natural beauty our
Country has to offer. Take time this Summer to get to
know all the natural treasures Montana has to offer.
We have posted some useful links and information below
to help you start to plan your trip! The West is calling!
Moiese and Charlo Montana. Attractions nearby Moiese include The National Bison Range which
is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
It was established in 1908 and is one of the oldest wildlife refuges in the nation.
A large portion of the 18,500-acre range consists of native Palouse prairie.
wetlands and streams are also found here, providing a wide range of habitats for wildlife.
Elk, deer, pronghorn, black bears, coyotes, and ground squirrels are just some of the mammals
that share the area with 350 to 500 bison. More than 200 species of birds also call this home
and include eagles, hawks, meadowlarks, bluebirds, ducks, and geese.
Other nearby areas administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include
National Wildlife Refuge and Pablo National Wildlife Refuge. These areas contain irrigation
reservoirs located on Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal lands. There are excellent
opportunities to view waterfowl, bald eagles, herons, cormorants, and a wide variety of
The entrance to the National Bison Range is located off Highway 212 at Moiese. Highway 212 can be accessed off US Highway 93 south of Kalispell/Polson at
Ronan. Coming north on US Highway 93 out of Missoula, take MT Highway 200 at
Ravalli to Highway 212. From the west, take MT Highway 135 out of St. Regis to MT
Highway 200 to Highway 212, just past Dixon.
Kalispell, MT is the Gateway
to Glacier National Park.
Park together with the Waterton Lakes
National Park in Canada, form the world's first
International Peace Park. But in this rugged section of the
northern Rockies, exhilaration is the universal language.
Mountain goats cling to craggy, glacier carved peaks. Pie is
served fresh daily in small towns. During the summer and
fall, drivers watch the scenery unfold as they drive along a
road that defies words.
Glacier National Park will take your breath away!
Kalispell, MT - Officially born in 1891, Kalispell developed on the
site where founder Charles Conrad knew the railroad would
establish the main line junction. Conrad opened the
Kalispell Town Site Company, established a bank and began
building a 26-room mansion. His east side home is just one
of many historic homes and buildings created for one purpose
and now used for another.
From bed and breakfast inns to
museums and art centers, Kalispell honors the past while
building for the future.
The old railroad depot welcomes visitors as the home of the
Chamber of Commerce and the Flathead Convention & Visitor
Bureau. Andrew Carnegie's spirit survives in the elegant
former library, now the Hockaday Museum of Art. Kalispell's
first school brings the past alive as the Central School
On Main Street, new construction blends with historic
buildings now housing artists' studios, galleries,
restaurants, hotel, offices, shops and boutiques.
The city has more than 20 parks. Some surround historic
structures, including Depot Park, Courthouse Park and the
Conrad Mansion grounds. Woodland Park, the city's largest,
is a year-round family favorite. And where Conrad's buffalo
herd once grazed, golfers play the challenging layout of
Buffalo Hill Golf Course.
A perfect blend of old and new, Kalispell is ready to
welcome every visitor. Elevation: 2,955 feet.
Kalispell is located near the head of Flathead Lake,
Known as the "Garden
City" for its dense trees and lush green landscape,
Missoula is nestled in the heart of the northern Rockies in
Western Montana. A community of approximately 85,000
residents, Missoula lies in a mountain forest setting where
five valleys converge.
Missoula started as a settlement called Hell Gate when C. P. Higgins and Francis
Worden began a trading post to accommodate travelers. The settlement was later
renamed Missoula, taken from a Salish Indian word meaning "near the cold,
Missoula serves as a center for education, medicine, retail and the arts.
Located at the base of Mount Sentinel and on the banks of the Clark Fork River i
s The University of Montana. The 200-acre campus is one of the most beautiful
in the nation and is home to 12,000 students.
Missoula offers a variety of recreation opportunities. Three
major rivers run through the area: the famous Blackfoot
River to the northeast, the beautiful Bitterroot River to
the south and the Clark Fork of the Columbia River, which
flows through the city. Fly fishermen, rafters, kayakers and
canoers thrive on the waters of western Montana.
Missoula attractions include A Carousel for Missoula/Dragon Hollow, Art
Museum of Missoula, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, St. Francis Xavier
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Wildlife Visitor Center and The Smokejumper
Visitor Center. Historic Downtown Missoula features classic early-century buildings
and offers unique shops, galleries, fine dining, cultural activities and an exciting nightlife.
Several major events Missoula celebrates include the
International Wildlife Film Festival, Out to Lunch, Downtown
ToNight, International Choral Festival, Farmer's Market,
Saturday Arts and Crafts Market, First Night Missoula, Irish
Cultural Celebration, Germanfest, and numerous other
community events. Performing arts include Missoula
Children's Theater, Missoula Symphony and The University of
Montana performing arts. Missoula is located in
heart of the Rocky Mountains, in southwestern Montana
Moiese/Charlo, MT 59824